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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Emtrol Incorporated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Cleanup Status

An Environmental Indicator (EI) Inspection Report was completed in August 2010 for the Emtrol, Inc. (currently known as York Technical Institute) facility located at 300 Hempland Road Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 (Facility). It was determined that there was insufficient information available to determine if current human exposures and migration of groundwater are under control. 

A Notice of Intent to Remediate (NIR) entering the Facility into the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2) was submitted on October 5, 2016. The Facility selected the option of entering into the One Cleanup Program as per the Memo of Understanding (MOU) between the PADEP and the EPA. Between 2014 and 2016 soil, groundwater, and soil vapor samples were investigated. An Act 2 Final Report was submitted on September 8, 2017 and a revised version submitted on November 14, 2017. The Final Report concluded that no vapor intrusion or ecological hazards exist per assessments performed following PADEP guidance or regulation. The Final Report concluded that attainment of the residential statewide health standards for soil and groundwater has been achieved. The Final Report was approved by PADEP on November 14, 2017.

Based upon the information presented in the Act 2 Final Reports and EPA’s assessment, EPA considers the releases to have been remediated appropriately and protection of human health and the environment to have been achieved. EPA issued a Statement of Basis proposing that no further corrective action or land use controls are necessary. No comments were received. Consequently, the EPA made a determination that no further action was necessary in a Final Decision and Response to Comments (FDRTC) issued on January 17, 2018.

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Site Description

Interactive Map of Emtrol Incorporated, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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The facility is an approximately 54,000 square-foot single-story building on a 7.1-acre parcel of land located in East Hempfield Township at 3050 Hempland Road, west of Centerville Road and south of United States (US) Route 30. 

The facility began operation in 1971 under the ownership of International Signal and Control Corporation, subsequently known as ISC Defense Systems, Incorporated, as noted in the Part A Permit Application that was submitted in 1980.  The land was undeveloped, residential, and/or agricultural from at least 1864 until the construction of a structure similar to the present-day structure in 1973.  ISC conducted electronics manufacturing operations at the facility from approximately 1973 to 1993 and possibly used solvents in the manufacturing and assembly of electronic components. 

ISC Defense Systems, Incorporated, a division of International Signal and Control Corporation, was acquired by Ferranti International, P.L.C. in 1987, according to a March 1990 news item in the New York Times.  According to a letter dated May 18, 1993, it appears that the Ferranti Technologies, Incorporated division was leasing the facility from High Associates, a division of High Industries.  The lease was being terminated by Ferranti Technologies, Incorporated, and the property was intended to be sold by High Associates. 

In 1995, Emtrol purchased the property from High Associates, according to a telephone interview on October 29, 2008. Emtrol used most of the building space for a design and engineering office.  Some space was also used for assembly of electronic controls and automatic storage equipment in support of the baked goods industry.  In April 2003, Emtrol became a subsidiary of Weldon Solutions, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania, which acquired its assets. On April 29, 2003, Weldon Solutions, Inc. originally announced that the Facility would continue to operate; however, subsequent information (supplied on May 12, 2008) indicated that Weldon acquired only non-physical assets and intellectual property. 

The physical property and structures of the facility were acquired by YLC, Inc., and the entire building was stripped down and facilities were installed for York Technical Institute (YTI), which started operations in 2003.  In a letter dated August 29, 2005, Originators Resource Group, Inc. indicated the owner as YTI, Inc. and that the property was under contract to be sold to Blackford Development. Blackford Development purchased the property shortly after YTI started their operations and, as of 2008, were leasing it to YTI. 

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Contaminants at this Facility

There are no contaminants above EPA’s groundwater, soil, or indoor air standards. 

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Institutional and Engineering Controls at this Facility

EPA has determined that no Institutional Controls are necessary.

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Land Reuse Information at this Facility

The Facility was acquired by YLC, Inc., and the entire building was stripped down and facilities were installed and being reused by YTI, which started operations in 2003.    

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Site Responsibility at this Facility

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action activities at this facility have been conducted under the direction of EPA Region 3.

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